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Battle for the benchmark

October 2, 2002

The fight to sell government euro bonds has never been fiercer. The French and Germans are battling it out for benchmark status while other eurozone countries are increasing liquidity and issuance size. Troubled equity markets make it all very attractive to investors.

As easy as ABCP

January 2, 2002

The asset-backed commercial paper (ABCP) market, which started modestly as a way for banks to move assets off their balance sheet, using special purpose vehicles known as conduits, is today among the most innovative and complex financial sectors, often supporting entirely synthetic transactions.But its very success is arousing concern among some close observers. The market's role in shifting risk, often to exploit anomalies in the regulatory treatment of the banks' capital, looks distinctly uncertain when the rules change in three years time under current proposals.

Turning bad credits into profits

August 2, 2001

If your image of sub-prime is of penal interest rates and unsavoury collection methods, think again. The sector is on its way to respectability and boosting banking profits. Nick Kochan reports

Caution: hybrid capital ahead

May 2, 2001

With multi-billion dollar acquisitions to finance, banks need inexpensive ways to replenish their capital. Tax and cost-effective, preferred shares are the answer to their prayers, but convincing the regulators to count them as Tier One can be challenging. Jules Stewart reports on the twists and turns to keep the issuers and the authorities happy.

Three’s company

December 2, 2000

Melvyn Westlake talks to the protagonists behind Fitch’s challenge to the two giant US rating agencies.

Europe’s cooling urge to merge

May 2, 2000

The aftermath of the recent merger breakdown between Dresdner and Deutsche banks and other, successful acquisitions and get-togethers, will drastically change Europe’s banking landscape.

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